The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) stated on May 18 that the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed its announcement that the import of high-grade PET chips as “ordinary goods” is now allowed, as they are in accordance with general trade regulation.
The checklist is part of PAC's sustainability initiative that focuses on "A World Without Packaging Waste," and is comprised of input from over 40 team members in different areas of the packaging value chain. It was written for packaging designers with limited knowledge about sustainability to encourage them to make more educated decisions about packaging.
Victor Bell, President of Environmental Packaging International, won the award for Outstanding Person at the 2018 Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact Conference in San Francisco. As a founding member of SPC in 2002, Victor "has not only contributed greatly to the organization but has also influenced many local, state, federal and global governments," says an article covering the SPC Innovator Awards ceremony.
The Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association argued that a tax on plastic would be counterproductive because it would harm the industry – small manufacturers would be especially effected. Investments would be damaged, and there would be less opportunity to create jobs.
In a press release, HPRC stated that their project will examine the physical properties of flexible plastics when processed with different types of compatibilizers applied in different concentrations. A better understanding of these properties will lead recyclers to discover opportunities to compound these materials with other products for resale markets.
The Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification describes a state-wide ban of the manufacture, usage, transport, distribution, wholesale & retail sale and storage, and import of plastic bags with and without handles, and disposable products manufactured from plastic and thermocol (polystyrene).